Bridal Beauty

I adore this look I created for Sofia. It is very natural looking makeup, notice I didn’t conceal her freckles and the hair accessory is one of many I keep in my ‘for bridal’ use coffer. I used a combination of Smashbox primer, Makeup Forever HD foundation 118, MAC mascara and NARS blusher and Chihuahua lipgloss.

Shot by the amazing Jay Nodalo.

What Is a Bridal Makeup Trial?

This post is all about the bridal makeup trial. Lately there has been an influx of emails and questions regarding this topic and I feel I should address it. A makeup trial is simply a test run of what your dream makeup is for your wedding day. In this instance, the makeup artist and client meet in person to do a run through, go over skincare (in my opinion paramount to beautiful skin on your wedding day), test foundations (I work with mainly with MUFE HD foundation, Illamasqua Skinbase or Face Atelier), AND go over any skin problems/ sensitivities.

Also, think of your makeup trial like a bridal beauty plan, where the chosen makeup artist and the bride work together to get the most radiant and best looking skin for your wedding day. In most cases, if it isn’t already in place, I will make skincare product recommendations and suggestions to all my future brides, send brides reminders weeks in advance for things like facials, eyebrow threading, hair cuts, manicures and conditioning treatments. During a makeup trial potential bridal clients get a feel for the makeup artist’s bridal-style philosophy, her personality and whether this suits or not. After the bridal portfolio, a first impression is just as important.

I should clarify this, a makeup trial is not a makeup lesson or an opportunity to score a free makeup look for the evening. During the trial, we will swatch foundation, try eyeshadow colors, blusher but this does not mean you are going home all dolled up. It is advisable to take pictures during your trial to get an idea of what your makeup might look like! Your makeup artist’s main task is to make you look your best in front of the lenses of the photographer/ videographer AND a variety of lights – natural indoors/ outdoors, day/ night. This may be a very natural subtle look or a bit more dramatic, all depends on the personal style of the bride. I hope this clarifies some questions and offers a bit more insight on what the makeup trial mystery is all about.

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Bridal Inspiration

When I saw the wedding photos of my dear friend Vaughan and his wife Angela, I gasped for air. I loved the vintage feel. Often times people ask me for advice on wedding details, so here is one I’d like to showcase because knowing them makes it all that much more special and they worked on every aspect to make it stand out.

With their blessing here is a little info on the nuptials; Angela made her bouquets from old brooches she found in shops, online, and in Goodwill. One of the cute details of the bride’s bouquet were drapped buttons that were from her great – great grandmother’s dress. The bride’s Alfred Angelo dress was off the rack, hair was swept sideways in an updo and makeup was by MAC. Vaughan’s suit was super stylish and different (I expected nothing less). The couple lives in South Florida so a 3-piece suit was not the obvious choice, the groom chose a vested grey ensemble, blue shirt, fedora and the men in the bridal party including the groom wore Chuck Taylor’s!

The couple did all the signs, flower arrangements, and I imagine thought of the mini Patron bottles given to the guests. The ceremony was held at an old school square in Delray Beach. A New Orleans style jazz band marched all the guests to the reception which was held at a restaurant called DaDa dating to 1924. The party revellers continued the celebration at Delux in Delray Beach were a band entertained everyone. Last but not least, the images were captured by Steve Lawson – he did an amazing job. Congratulations once again!!!

Photo credits for the images goes to Steve Lawson for Michelle Lawson Photography

Bridal Glow

Bridal is one of my favourite types of makeup, it is such a personal and special moment in a woman’s life, when it happens, I feel privileged to be a part of this day. A wedding is a mad rush of family, gowns, hair, makeup, I love the energy, emotions and even the time pressure.

This is an image of a client I wanted to share with my readers. She was positively glowing and ready to head out for her wedding which took place in Singapore.

The base of the makeup included Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector and Eau Thermal Avene Diroséal skincare, primer by Makeup Forever, highlighting using Benefit High Beam and of course eye base using Illamasqua Hollow cream pigment.

For The Love of Hair

Filed under the bizarre and definitely expensive, this is a wedding gown that cost a whooping  £50,000 and it is made completely out of hair.  This creation was done by Thelma Madine for Bold Street hair salon Voodou in Liverpool UK.  If you are a fan of British TV, you may remember the show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding on Channel 4 where Thelma was the bridal gown designer of choice by most travelling gypsies in Britain.

The gown itself was the brainchild of stylist Ryan Edwards and took 300 hours to make plus eight people involved in the process.  The dress contains 250 metres of human hair, plus tens of thousands of individual wefts and hair pieces as well as 1500 crystals and 12 underskirts.  The dress weighed approximately 15 stone (95kg!!) and is a size 6.

October Bridal

Overly excited for the weeks to come, as I have a few brides coming up, all very unique and different weddings.  Some of the tips I’ve been giving brides to help them prepare for their big day include getting a gelish manicure which will last approx 2 weeks and makes your nails look amazing.  Gelish manis cost a little more money but are worth every penny, they won’t chip!  Another bit of advice is to prepare your skin which will be photographed loads – get a facial at least 1 and a half week before your actual wedding day.  Get yourself pampered not only it is a skin makeover, it will make your skin look gorgeous (I favor facials using Dermalogica).  Other good things to do include, a set of lash extensions which I can do for you.

Photo by Lin Safini, Makeup/ Hair by Norah and Model is Juliya shot at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Monaco’s Royal Wedding

Rumour has it that Charlene Wittstock tried to run away three times before saying “yes” to Prince Albert of Monaco this past weekend.  The French media was all over this, add insult to injury the sources circulating these reports were respectable newspapers. Only time will tell.  Here are some snaps of the new bride who looked stunning in Armani plus my other favourites of the Grimaldi house, Charlotte Casiraghi in Chanel Couture and Princess Stephanie.

New Bridal Work

I wanted to share a photo of a Malay client in traditional Tudung on her wedding photoshoot, images by Eulyn from Apricot Gallery.  The bride requested natural makeup suffice to say, we achieved just that!  It is lovely to do wedding shoots, the images are  memories that last forever and I love being a small part of that process.